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Where Do The Islanders Fit In The Metro Division?

The New York Islanders appear to be more or less set for the start of training camp, and their roster will almost look identical to last year’s Islanders squad that began the 2014-2015 season. With some of their division rivals having made some big changes this off-season, it’s hard to predict where the Islanders will finish in the Metropolitan Division this upcoming year.

The Isles signed Thomas Greiss to a two-year contract to back up Jaroslav Halak. Aside from signing prospect Kirill Petrov to a one-year deal (hey, remember him?), the Islanders were quiet on the free agent front.

Isles Trade Speculation

The trade deadline is less than three weeks away and for what is a rare occurrence in recent years, the Islanders are in a position to potentially “buy” and not “sell” before March 2nd. While the rumor mill is heating up around the league, it is time to re-assess what the Islanders should do leading up to the deadline as they prepare for a playoff run.

Halloween Comes Early: Isles Dress As Jekyll & Hyde

Gonna keep this short because obviously no one wants to read a novel after a brutal loss like that.

2013-14 NHL Awards Predictions: The Hart Memorial Trophy

Daniel Spevak is a writer for The Checking Line - Flyers Edition. This is a part of a multi-part series breaking down the potential finalists for the NHL's annual awards.

The Hart Trophy is awarded to the player deemed to be the most valuable each season.

While a lot of players fit the bill of being good and are capable of putting up statistics, only a handful fit the description of being the most valuable to their respective teams. Here are the players that have been keys to their club’s success.

Honorable Mentions

Phil Kessel - Toronto Maple Leafs

Kessel has had quite the season. He’s tied for fifth in the league with 80 points, and has a career-hi...

Isles Get Past Toronto In Overtime

In a battle of the Olympics’ top two goal scorers, the New York Islanders came out on top on the strength of Lubomir Visnovsky’s snap shot from the slot 1:55 into overtime.
Toronto’s Phil Kessel and the Islanders’ Michael Grabner each had five goals in Sochi to pace Men’s hockey in the Olympics, and each of these wingers factored in tonight’s offense.

Pregame 2/27/14: Islanders vs. Maple Leafs

The Islanders return from the Olympic break as they continue a 5 game home stand hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nassau Coliseum.

Postgame 11/19: Islanders @ Maple Leafs

Islanders fall the Maple Leafs 5-2.

PRE GAME: ISLANDERS @ MAPLE LEAFS

The Islanders will make their first visit of the season to the Air Canada Center (Centre?) when they take on Phil Kessel, James Van Riemsdyk and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Flyers Drop Season Opener to Leafs

The Flyers aren't the only team in the NHL with two goalies battling for the lion's share.

Jonathan Bernier was making his debut for Toronto and he wanted to impress. He did just that, stymieing the Flyers in his Maple Leafs debut - a 3-1 victory in Philadelphia.

Bernier made 31 saves in the game. The only goal the Flyers got by him came late in the first period.

(Photo: Scott Hartnell is stopped by Jonathan Bernier in the second period. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Kessel Inks 8yr Extension With Toronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs are set to kick off the NHL regular season as they meet rival Montreal in an opening day showdown that should be memorable. Before all the action starts the Leafs were busy with some memorable news of their own, the club has re-signed star sniper Phil Kessel to an 8-year $64 M agreement. The deal came together rather quickly as Kessel had made it clear he did not want to negotiate during the season, leaving GM Nonis with a limited window to get the deal done.

Kessel and the Leafs were mutually excited about the deal that keeps one of the premier NHL forwards in Toronto until 2022. Kessel is a player under the microscope in Toronto more than others thanks to t...